In this digital world, technology touches each and every aspect of our lives, from personal communications to business operations. October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of privacy, online safety and the steps we can take to protect ourselves in the digital age.
Each and every day we are facing different types of cyber threats. Cyber threats come in various forms, from phishing attacks that trick us into revealing sensitive information to ransomware attacks that hold our data hostage. In today’s interconnected world, every individual, organization, and government are a potential target to the hacker groups. Cybersecurity Awareness Month reminds us that we must all play a part in safeguarding our digital lives.
This month-long initiative provides a platform for cybersecurity experts, organizations, and individuals to come together to share knowledge, resources, and best practices. It’s an opportunity for people to educate themselves about the latest threats and learn how to protect their online identities, personal information, and financial assets.
Education is at the core of cybersecurity awareness. This month encourages individuals to become proactive learners, familiarizing themselves with basic cybersecurity principles. It’s about understanding the risks and knowing how to spot suspicious activity. It’s also about being mindful of the information we share and the websites we visit.
Cybersecurity is a culture and continuous activities. Cybersecurity isn’t just the responsibility of IT professionals or tech-savvy individuals; it’s a shared responsibility. Everyone, from grandparents to school children, from small business owners to corporate leaders, has a role to play in securing the digital world we live in.
Last but not least, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a reminder that cybersecurity isn’t just a technical issue; it’s a human one. By fostering a culture of awareness, we can collectively mitigate cyber risks, protect our digital assets, and ensure a safer online environment for everyone. So, this October, let’s commit to enhancing our cybersecurity knowledge and making the internet a safer place for all. Together we can build a build a secure world.\
G M Faruk Ahmed, CISSP, CISA
Cyber Security Cell, Rupali Bank Limited.
Director, ISACA Dhaka Chapter.